What does it look like to reach the least reach? It means meeting them where they are. It means presenting the Gospel on their turf, in a way that is most natural to them. What does this look like on a practical level? Bus4Life.
Started in 2007, Bus4Life is a unique, lively ministry that takes whatever form is best for the people it seeks to reach.
OM Hungary full-time missionary, Istvan shared, “In 2007, we started the bus ministry. We had an idea about it because we saw the OM has a ship and we are thinking how we can go to different kind of places in Hungary. We have 19 counties and we would like to not just be local, but we would like to have the whole country.”
At first, the OM Hungary team started with a simple vehicle, traveling to various cities and villages around Hungary preaching the Gospel. Soon after, they found out about Bus4Life, which as an already thriving ministry in Finland. After a series of events and connections, Bus4Life began its travels in not just Hungary, but the surrounding Eastern European countries.
Focused in Hungary, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine, Bus4Life has been a traveling bookstore, café, theatre, museum, event headquarters, and so much more. By providing a safe space for naturally flowing conversations, Bus4Life opens up spiritual discussions with its visitors. Volunteers working with the mission are able to connect with individuals in a natural manor, allowing them to build trust and even long-term relationships.
Currently, the Bus4Life driver is Teemu, a native to Finland with a heart for Eastern Europe. Teemu has been driving with Bus4Life for a little over a year, bringing this incredibly mobile evangelistic approach to cities all over the eastern region.
Teemu shared his favourite part of driving with Bus4Life is the ability to develop true connections with its visitors. “Sometimes I am even able to pray with people in Finish,” Teemu exclaimed. With dedicated workers like Teemu, the Bus4Life is always kept in pristine condition, ready to bring the Gospel to every end of Europe.
What does Bus4Life look like in Hungary specifically? Life. With a focus on pro-life ministry and conversations, the Bus4Life team in Hungary is dedicated to bringing the message of life and restoration to young women around the country. Teemu shared that the bus provides a safe space for the children to grow and learn while the mothers develop their faith in conversations as well.
By walking participants through an interactive program including videos and testimonies, the Bus4Life in Hungary truly breaks down what abortions are and why choosing life matters.
Istvan shared a heart-warming story highlighting just a bit of the life changing work Bus4Life brings. “One time I was in a school and the subject they studied in this school was health. They studied nursing and that sort of thing. These women, 25-26-year-old ladies came to the bus. I asked if they were new students and they said, ‘No we are nurses in the hospital, but we have training. We are very curious.’ What can I say to these trained professionals? But, I showed them all of the things and there was a very deep quiet. A lot of times, this is my experience, God can win their hearts. It doesn’t matter their knowledge, this was the day they could receive and understand. They were thinking, not just their mind, but their soul, their heart.”
It is truly a blessing that Bus4Life can lead such a vital ministry all over Hungary and see the lives changed and saved first-hand.
So, whether it’s passing out New Testaments in Ukraine or offering coffee in Romania, Bus4Life is always ready to bring the Gospel in a unique, beautiful way. If you’re interested in traveling with the Bus4Life team or want to learn how you can financially support this admirable mission, read more here.